As the quest for formal education continue to increase in Nigeria, that’s just how the cost is as well on the increase. Formal education is generally on the high side these days in our country, not minding if it is sound and qualitative or not. This is mostly noticeable in our tertiary institutions as it is almost becoming unaffordable for the average Nigerian parents as the days go by. Apart from the private universities whose fees are known by all to be exorbitant, the public universities has also begun to threaten Nigerians with unaccountably exorbitant fees. Get to know the Most Expensive Public University in Nigeria at the Moment here.
Lagos State University, LASU, is currently the most expensive of all the public tertiary institutions in Nigeria. The current hike in the school fees which is about a 200% increment of the former fee brought the LASU tuition to range between N193, 000 and N350, 000, depending on a student’s course of study. This issue among others have raised a lot of dust in the institution, ranging from peaceful to violent protests on the part of the students and strike on the part of the staff. This has gone a long way to interrupt the peace and academic progress of the school. It has also led to unquantifiable damage in property as a result of violent protests. On some occasions of the riotings, some students were apprehended and arraigned before the law court.
The ASUU-LASU Chairman, Dr. Idris Adekunle, in an interview with Sunday Vanguard lamenting the increment in tuition fees since the 2011/2012 academic session, said: “Our union demands the downward review of the LASU school fees regime to enable LASU compete favourably with other public universities and make tertiary education affordable to the down-trodden. LASU is now the most expensive public university in Nigeria and this has made us unattractive to applicants.
With fees between N350, 000 (Medicine), N250, 000 (Management Sciences/Law) and N197, 000 (Education), it has placed education beyond the reach of the average Lagosian and Nigerians in general. This contradicts the founding father’s vision and purpose for establishing the university. Even, the Lagos State University Law, 2004 states that one of the objectives of the university shall be to provide access for citizens of Lagos State to higher education regardless of social status or income.”
The University staff explained that the hike in the fees is actually as a result of the state government neglect and failure to play their part in funding the school. They said its impossible to run a tertiary institution with students’ tuition only. Therefore, the government was summoned to do their part in the issue.
However, it has been reported that in the last convocation held in the university, the Lagos state governor, Babatunde Fashola whose arrival at the institution was greeted by a massive protest from the students was compelled to promise a 40% decrease of the fees which will bring it down to as low as N46, 500. Therefore, the issue is believed to have been resolved or either in the process of being resolved as the students have been called back to resume studies today, being Monday, the 18th of May, 2015.